WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two Polish scholars are facing a libel trial for a scholarly examination of Polish behavior during World War II. The judge’s ruling in the case is expected to determine the fate of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government. A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on Feb. 9. It is the first closely watched Holocaust speech case since Poland sought to pass a law in 2018 that would have criminalized falsely blaming Poland for Germany’s Holocaust crimes. Those criminal penalties were dropped after the legislation sparked a major diplomatic row with Israel.